I've done a few butterflies in the past. My thought would be, on waxed paper or parchment, to use a stiff RI and do the outline of each wing separately, let dry. Then take thinner RI in blue and do the inner part of the wings, while still wet add the thinned brown RI for the spots, use a toothpick to drag the brown spot to get the point on them. Once these are dry, with the stiff RI, pipe the bodies on waxed paper, add the wings and prop them upright so they don't lay flat. Let dry completely.
Hope this makes sense.
You could do the butterflies both, with chocolate or with RI (colorflow).
First you could draw the wings in a piece of paper. Put some parchment paper over it and draw the outline with brown RI (or chocolate). After the outline is dry fill it with blue RI or chocolate and before it sets, pipe some brown dots over it.
After the wings are dry, lift them carefully from the parchment paper and use some support (a card, for example) to form a V shape. In the middle of the V pipe a line of RI (or chocolate) and insert both wings to get the shape you need. Let it dry.
I hope that makes sense.
Nikki, we were writing the same at the same time!!
These definitely look like they are made from royal icing or chocolate.
Those are gorgeous. Post pics of your finished product!!
i totally agree wid msulli10 this is done by royal icing
I agree these are RI. Peggy Porschen's Pretty Party Cakes book has butterflies made in the same manner that she put on petite fours. The two posts with the method sound spot on
Thanks a lot pumpkinroses and ngfcake!!
It makes sense for me, I am going to try your method next week and post pics with the results